In a bid to inject cheer into an otherwise difficult time, people have started putting their Christmas lights back up. The hashtag #ChristmasInMarch started trending on Twitter this week as members of the public attempt to make their homes a little brighter.
Some have gone big, even putting up their Christmas tree (complete with decorations) while others have just simply strung up their festive fairy lights in living rooms or bedrooms.
“There is a lovely idea spreading around on social media to put your Christmas lights back out to spread cheer, and love, and hope in our community during this strange and dark time,” one fan of the trend explained via her own social media account. “Let your lights shine!”
“I’m putting up my Christmas lights as a reminder to everyone that there is always light in the darkness," said another. "And that, even though everything is so sad and scary right now, there is still plenty of good.”
My youngest son was bored today and said, "can we put Christmas lights on our tree outside to cheer us up?" Great idea buddy. Lights are on tonight as a sign of hope and the sweet mind of my 10 year old. #Rhodeisland #hope #lovemysons #Christmas #Cumberland pic.twitter.com/qhVjeuLc02— Mike Griffin (@rhodyknowsbest) March 16, 2020
It might seem nonsensical to some, but anything mood-boosting can only be a positive in a world where the news is particularly fraught and panic-inducing. After all, Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst and founder of MindFixers and The McKeown Clinic, said in 2018 that putting up your Christmas decorations early can aid happiness.
"In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood," he said.
"Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement."
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